Ovid - Metamorphoses, 1567

Ovid (Sulmona, 43 BC - 18 AD, Constanta)

Metamorphoses [Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphoseon libri XV. : In singulas quasque fabulas argumenta. Ex postrema Iac. Micylli recognitione], 1567

Printed ink on paper, 17.8 x 11.4 cm (7 x 4 1/2 in.) binding

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Object details

Accession number

4.b.5.3

Creators

  • Ovid (Sulmona, 43 BC - 18 AD, Constanta) - author
  • Sigmund Feyerabend (active Frankfurt, 1540 - 1590) - printer
  • Jakob Moltzer (Strasbourg, 1503 - 1558, Heidelberg) - author

Object Case

Horn Book Case

Language

Latin

Publication Place

Frankfurt

Binding Description

Original hogskin binding; brass catches, the clasps gone

Description

1 vol. ([16], 573, [19] pages) : paper ; ill. ; 18 cm. (8°)

Provenance

Probably in the collection of Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1526-1586), about 1568.
Probably a gift from the American collector and diplomat John Gardner Coolidge (1863-1936) to Isabella Stewart Gardner on 25 December of an unknown year.

Marks

Inscribed (binding, front cover): "EAA" and "1568"
Marked (binding, front cover): coat of arms of the Elector of Saxony
Inscribed (binding, back cover): "INSIGNIA VRBIS WITEBER" and "NIL VALIIDAE IVVERE ARCES AVT ROBORA BELLI SED MERITO PIETAS POPVLIS FORTISSIMA TVRRIS. H. CANTZ."
Enclosed note inscribed in blue ink: Aunt Belle, with love and Merry Christmas from John Gardner

Bibliography

Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Books from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1906), p. 52.
Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), p. 73.


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